Object Title

Harquebusier's breastplate

Harquebusier's breastplate

Date

1650

Object Number

III.1981

Provenance

Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury of Littlecote House, AP.48. In 1895 on display in the Great Hall, South Wall, centre, right, with III.2019 and IV.890

Physical Description

Of duplex construction. The breastplate has a raised neck and a medial keel terminating in a point at the waist, which curves down to the centre and has an narrow flange. The arm and neck edges have plain inward turns, At either side of the chest is a mushroom-headed stud for fastening the shoulder straps. At the left is one proof mark.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 414 mm (16.3 in), Width: 355 mm (14.0 in) Weight: 4710 g (10 lb 6 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

At the neck is stamped RS, inverted, for the maker; inside the flange is incised XX. Painted inside is 147 in orange and IIII T in chalk.

Notes

The same construction mark appears on III.1995, 2001, 2016, 2022, 2023 and 2025 at Littlecote. This could be a pair to III.2001, 2022 or 2023.